Charles Woodson Set to Hit Free Agency After Packers Release Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Charles Woodson, Daryl RichardsonCharles Woodson is back on the market.

Woodson was released by the Packers on Friday, according to a team statement, after playing seven seasons in Green Bay. The move will save the Packers over $10 million in salary cap space for next season, which will give them close to $18 million in space heading into free agency.

The 36-year-old Woodson, who received NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012, finished last season with 38 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception. The eight-time Pro Bowler and 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year isn’t planning to retire and does want to play a few more years, according to Ian Rapoport.

The cornerback turned safety became a defensive leader during his time in Green Bay and showed at times in 2012 that he is still a very capable defender. He is expected to join Ed Reed, Dashon Goldson and a few other talented safeties in this year’s free-agent class, so his market may not open up for a little while.

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